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Specials (album) by The Specials

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Specials
Specials by The Specials (1979)
Overall rank: 656th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 362 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1979 (12th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (156th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (656th)

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The Specials - Encore [New Vinyl] UK - Import
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THE SPECIALS - GHOST TOWN - SKA/ROCKSTEADY REGGAE - 12" SINGLE - VG++ VINYL
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Specials is ranked as the best album by The Specials.

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79/100 (from 362 votes)
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85/100
07/17/2019 04:45
85/100
 
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85/100
From Jibb
Very consistent, high energy album and a great introduction album for anyone wanting to get into 2-tone which mixes Punk with Ska.
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From caseygow
Fun, energetic and great production provided by Elvis Costello. If there is one ska album you should have in your collection it's this one!
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There are a few really good tracks on this album but most are just good. I like ska but when they split and formed fun boy 3, i thought the music went to a higher level.
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75/100
Pretty much what a ska album produced by Elvis Costello would sound like.
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100/100
This is ranked outside the top 500 albums! Incomprehensible!! This is a real classic- so much energy, humour and personality. This album is a joy. So many classics including their peerless cover of "a message to you Rudy". The pace never lets up and the tracks simply burst out of the speakers. Highly recommended.
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From neilgee
I did see them in 1980. What I remember most from the concert (at King's Hall, Blackburn, UK) was the crowd chanting 'Rico, Rico' in praise their amazing trombonist who played every song like it was a 60's ska classic. I saw Terry Hall turn his ear to the crowd in a 'what are you chanting?' gesture, before he got it and turned to point towards their elderly trombonist in tribute. It was a great moment.
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80/100
Great album. Produced by Elvis Costello who manages to retain the band's freshness and energy of their live performances. The Specials debut album is a great listen. Top songs in, a message to You Rudy, too much too young, and, monkey man. Great streetwise sounds.
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Really great album, The Specials are great!! Saw them live, they're awesome and really fun!
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From jstreets
Arguably the best ska album ever made. While strong arguments can be made for virtuosity, Specials proves that sometimes simple music and rudimentary playing makes it easier for a young and wide eyed rock band to create the sound of themselves having fun. An especially impressive task considering dark subjects as racial tensions and urban decay. The cover songs, though often serious in tone themselves, add some relief to the dark realities of Jerry Dammer's originals. "It's up to You" alone holds some crucial DNA for Operation Ivy, Sublime and many, many others.
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From Graeme2
Released same year as london calling and makes that album look like old hat by old men trying too hard. This is just way cooler and better at saying where things were at in 79. Follow up great too.
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